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Too Close: ITV series criticised by viewers for ‘implausible’ plot holes

Louis Chilton
·2-min read
 (ITV)
(ITV)

The second episode of ITV’s new drama Too Close has left some viewers irritated by supposed plot holes and inconsistencies.

Too Close sees Emily Watson play forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson, who works with Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough), a woman who claims she has total amnesia, but is accused of a terrible crime.

Episode two, which aired last night (13 April), featured a number of big plot developments, including the revelation that Connie’s husband started having an affair with a neighbour.

One scene, however, particularly caught viewers attention, in which we learn Connie read notifications on Dr Robertson’s mobile phone, with the doctor having left her handbag inside the secure unit.

Many viewers were incredulous that a doctor would take her personal belongings into a patient’s room and leave them for her to access.

“Starting to get annoying at Emma’s total lack of foresight and professionalism, taking her whole life into an interrogation room and putting it on display to a psychopath,” wrote one viewer. “I know it’s a drama but had to have some credibility. #TooClose.”

“Should be good but so far let down by poor script and unrealistic scenes,” wrote another.

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“Am I the only person who thinks that #TooClose is cobblers?” asked someone else. “A clinical psychiatrist taking a phone, lighter, letter from (presumably) the man responsible for her daughter’s death, etc into a secure unit? Give me strength.”

“Not very secure that unit is it?” wrote another Twitter user, while one viewer wrote: “#TooClose Good acting but totally unrealistic in terms of what can be taken into secure units (no handbags, lighters, phones, keys, etc) and professional behaviours (turning back to patients, leaving notes and materials unsupervised, etc). Implausible.”

Besides the improbable plot development, however, reactions to the episode were broadly positive, with the two lead performances being singled out for praise by many.

Too Close concludes Wednesday at 9pm on ITV.

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